ALEKS - Assessment and Learning

Implementation Strategies

View a selection of implementation strategies from educators who are successfully using ALEKS to achieve dramatic learning outcomes. 

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Greenwood Elementary School, Denver Public Schools
Denver, CO

Grade(s): K - 8
Scenario: Computer Lab
Purpose: RtI
ALEKS Portion of Curriculum: 75%
Time Spent in ALEKS: 4.5 hours per week, 27 hours per term
ALEKS Course: Mathematics - LV 5 (with QuickTables), Essential Mathematics (with QuickTables), Middle School Math Course 3, High School Preparation for Algebra 1

Jennifer Wampler, Teacher
I find ALEKS to be a wonderful tool for my intervention class. It gives me the opportunity to let students work at their own pace, while I work individually with students. I love it! The students enjoy using ALEKS. I see many of my students filling in the gaps in their prior learning and moving forward on new topics.


Scenario

What challenges did the class or school face in math prior to using ALEKS?
Meeting the students' individual needs prior to ALEKS was a problem.

How many days per week is class time dedicated to ALEKS?
5 days per week.

What is the average length of a class period when ALEKS is used?
45-60 minutes.


Implementation

How do you implement ALEKS?
For Response to Intervention (RtI).

Do you cover ALEKS concepts in a particular order?
No.

How do you structure your class period with ALEKS?
It is primarily used for a six-week intervention class.

How did you modify your regular teaching approach as a result of ALEKS?
I use ALEKS 3-4 days a week for the RtI class.

How often are students required or encouraged to work on ALEKS at home?
As much as possible.

How do you cultivate parental involvement and support for ALEKS?
I didn't.


Grading

Is ALEKS assigned to your students as all or part of their homework responsibilities? If so, what part of the total homework load is it?
No.

How do you incorporate ALEKS into your grading system?
I am standards-based, so I view their scores on each standard.

Do you require students to make regular amounts of progress in ALEKS?
I want to see growth.


Learning Outcomes

Since using ALEKS, please describe the learning outcomes or progress you have seen.
The students enjoy using ALEKS. I see many of my students filling in the gaps in their prior learning and moving forward on new topics.